Dr. Rajan Saxena, who has been Vice Chancellor of prestigious NMIMS (Deemed to be University) since 2009, was recently re-appointed at the position for a consecutive second term. His name was recommended by the Search Committee headed by Mr. Pankaj Patel, Chairman-Zydus Cadila & Member of BoM, NMIMS
Dr. Saxena, who set up the IIM-Indore as its first Director, took over as Vice Chancellor of NMIMS in 2009. Under his leadership, NMIMS improved its tie-ups with reputed foreign universities and was also invited by GMAC to be its member. Dr. Saxena was instrumental in establishing School of Economics and School of Law and other NMIMS campuses at Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
Dr. Saxena also contributed to make NMIMS degrees more contemporary and industry relevant. During his previous tenure as VC, he was instrumental in transforming students experience by focusing on holistic development of graduates through both Class Room and Non-Class Room processes including field projects & soft skills etc. He focused on enhancing quality of programmes and their delivery. Faculty development assumed high significance in his leadership. Making admission process transparent by introducing computer based tests, which were psychometrically validated, helped change the quality and profile of the incoming student batches across all schools and programmes especially at the School of Business Management. Dr. Saxena ensured significant improvement in competitive position of each school of NMIMS.
On his re-appointment, Dr. Saxena shared his vision for next tenure and said, "Completing the unfinished agenda of last Strategic Plan would be top on my priority list. It includes Research Output Enhancement, Internationalization of students & faculty community and getting Global Accreditations.". He also shared his plans to introduce new schools for Entrepreneurship, Public Policy & Social Change, Media & Mass Communication, Liberal Arts and Leadership & Faculty Development.